- OUTSTANDING Business partnerships
- Volvo Group Trucks
- Washington County Public Schools
- OUTSTANDING CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION PROGRAM
- Manufacturing and Machnie Technologies Program
- Carroll County Career and Technology Center
- OUTSTANDING CHANGE AGENT
- Greg Solberg
- Frederick County Public Schools
- Distinguished Service
- Linda S. Brown
- Easton High School
Talbot County Public Schools
- Outstanding Career technology student organization
- DECA State Officer Team
- Maryland DECA
- OUTSTANDING Business partnerships
- Rockwell Collins / ARINC
- Partnership with Anne Arundel Community College
- OUTSTANDING CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION PROGRAM
- STEMM Technical Middle College Program
- Hagerstown Community College
- OUTSTANDING CHANGE AGENT
- Student Success Initiative
- Anne Arundel Community College
- Distinguished Service
- Dr. Thomas Loveland
- University of Maryland Eastern Shore
2014 CTE Awards of Excellence
The Maryland CTE Awards of Excellence program is sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education. It is an annual event recognizing business partnerships, outstanding programs, change agents, distinguished service and CTE student organizations.
Outstanding CTE programs at the high school and community college levels are judged in four areas: program description, learner outcomes, program outcomes, and integration with systemic reform. The change agent award recognizes leadership for innovative change in CTE programs and focuses on goals of change, the change process, and overall results. The CTE career technology student organization award honors one local chapter of a CTE student leadership organization for providing growth opportunities to its members and emphasizing educational and career development of chapter members as a result of participation in the organization’s activities.
The business partnerships award is presented to a business that has established a strong working partnership with a secondary or postsecondary institution in order to support, promote, and improve CTE programs. The results of this partnership benefit the school, community, and business. The distinguished service award honors individuals who have demonstrated a high level of leadership, vision, and achievement in career and technology education. The Innovations in CTE award honors individuals using innovative future-focused strategies that keep CTE on the cutting edge.
OUTSTANDING BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS — SECONDARY
VOLVO GROUP TRUCKS
Partnership with Washington County Public Schools
The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and drive systems for marine and industrial applications as well as aerospace components. The Volvo Group has approximately 100,000 employees with production facilities in 20 countries and sales in more than 190 markets.
The partnership between Washington County Public Schools and Volvo Group Trucks - Hagerstown has had a positive impact on more than 1,000 students, just this past year. Their support of the school system includes engagement by Volvo staff in a wide range of activities. They serve as mentors for student groups; sponsor student competitions; provide informational tours; and provide materials for STEM and CTE activities.
Volvo Group Trucks’ level of generosity also includes program equipment and resource materials to support students in several CTE program areas including: Manufacturing Engineering Technologies (MET); Transportation Technologies (TT); Information Technology (IT); and Business, Management and Finance (BMF). To support students in CTE and STEM programs in Washington County, Volvo Group Trucks donated equipment and materials to ensure student access to current industry standards. A sample of this support includes:
- a CMM Imaging machine that uses lasers to measure manufactured parts tolerances against specifications and equipment used to program and operate industrial robots;
- Three (3) full size diesel truck engines to enhance several CTE programs; and
- 26 Robot kits and equipment to support the Washington County Robotics competition.
As the sole sponsor for the Washington County VEX Robotics competition, Volvo Group Trucks committed more than $118,000 to cover equipment and school team registration fees. In addition, thirty-four (34) Volvo personnel from many different departments volunteered at some time or another for over 234 hours, along with WCPS CTE and science teachers to help coach the VEX REC robotics experience for 26 teams in Washington County middle and high schools.
OUTSTANDING CTE PROGRAM - SECONDARY
MANUFACTURING AND MACHINE TECHNOLOGIES PROGRAM
Carroll County Career and Technology Center
The Manufacturing and Machine Technologies (MMT) program at Carroll County Career and Technology Center was chosen by the U.S. Department of Education as the first stop in a series of visits to showcase exemplary advanced manufacturing programs. As the first high school in the state to be awarded the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) accreditation, this program provides great opportunities for graduates. With NIMS credentials, many graduates are working for companies such as NASA, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics and the Department of Defense. Other CTE graduates have pursued further NIMS credentials and education by attending Pennsylvania College of Technology, Community College of Baltimore County, University of Northwestern Ohio, Greenville Technical College, and Carroll Community College (CCC).
This year the MMT program volunteered to participate in the program, High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH). Students enrolled in MMT build five sets of three parts before the end of the school year using raw materials provided by NASA. The students also receive support from the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The qualified parts will initially be used for astronaut training purposes. As students become more proficient, they will begin to create Class 1 flight hardware that could fly on NASA spacecraft.
As a result of the transformation to a cutting edge 21st century program, enrollment in MMT has increased from 21 in 2010 to 32 projected enrollment for 2015. To redesign the former program into an advanced manufacturing program, industry partners worked side by side with CCPS. They reviewed curriculum resources, equipment requirements, and provided professional development for the teacher. As a result, students have the benefit of the improved facility, resources, materials and equipment in a value-added program that will provide both articulated college credit and industry-standard national certification. CCPS also has articulated the MMT program with two postsecondary institutions for up to 18 college credits.
OUTSTANDING CHANGE AGENT - SECONDARY
Frederick County Public Schools
Greg Solberg is a leader in the field of CTE. His individual accomplishments are many on the local, state and national level and the benefactors of his efforts are far reaching. Throughout his career and in all aspects of his work, he strives for continuous improvement and making sure students are prepared for college and career success.
As principal of Frederick County Career and Technology Center (CTC), Greg has worked to aligning all CTE programs with postsecondary partners and industry certification requirements. Examples of his focus on improvement include creating a state of the art Automotive Technology programs driven by ASE / AYES certification standards and partnering with Frederick Community College to upgrade the nursing program to an expanded Academy of Health Professions program. Greg also introduced new CTE programs, including the Project Lead the Way BioMedical program.
One of the most far-reaching efforts to ensure student success is Greg’s commitment to providing opportunities for all students through SkillsUSA. As a principal, Greg supported every aspect of his school 's total participation in local, regional, state, and national competition with SkillsUSA. On the state level, Greg served on the Maryland SkillsUSA Board of Directors and continues to do so even in retirement. In the capacity of Board Chair, Greg was instrumental in creating the SkillsUSA Advisor Handbook, a comprehensive guide to all aspects of SkillsUSA. He also continues to serves as a site manager for 15 state competition events and as the technical coordinator for the State Award s Ceremony. As principal and as a SkillsUSA Board member, Greg always looks beyond the status quo, envisioning ways to improve current programs and take advantage of opportunities for CTE students.
DISTINGUISH SERVICE AWARD - SECONDARY
Linda S. Brown
Easton High School
Talbot County Public Schools
Linda Brown has been involved with Talbot County Public Schools for 38 years as a home economics teacher, service learning coordinator and culinary arts teacher. Among her many achievements include Talbot County Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 1997, Maryland Family and Consumer Science Teacher of the Year in 2010, and second place winner of the National Teacher of the Year Award for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in 2011.
For the past four years, Linda has been the lead instructor for the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Arts program. She also provides students the opportunity to participate in real world culinary experiences by planning and preparing for the weekly "Garden Bowl Restaurant" that serves staff, as well as catered functions and holiday bakeshops (for more than 15,000 guests per year). The certification and recertification by the American Culinary Education Foundation Accrediting Commission of the Culinary Arts program is additional evidence of Mrs. Brown's rigorous curriculum, high standards, and culinary expertise.
Through the years, Mrs. Brown has developed business partnerships that have enhanced the Culinary Arts program and provided pathways to postsecondary transitions and career development for students. She has been tireless in her efforts to advance secondary career and technology education and integrate all other content areas into her curriculum. As a result, the Culinary Arts program now enrolls over 100 students and has a 100% certification rate. For the Class of 2012, 90% of graduates are attending a culinary arts school or working in the field.
OUTSTANDING CAREER TECHNOLOGY STUDENT ORGANIZATION
DECA State Officer Team
The DECA Career Technology Student Organization (CTSO) is a student-led organization, with local and state elected student officers responsible for each high school chapter’s activities for the year. Throughout the year, each school chapter conducts community support activities, fundraisers, and prepares for state and national-level competition in Business, Management and Marketing-related events. Using National DECA guidelines, and with the support of the DECA State Board and teacher-advisors, the DECA State Officer Team has provided outstanding leadership to some 550 DECA students in Maryland.
The 2013-2014 DECA State Officer Team, led by Dan Giles from Severna Park High School and other officers from Reservoir High School and Walt Whitman High School, successfully increased membership, conducted state-wide fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, led student leadership workshops, and hosted two state conferences. Members of this team will also lead the Maryland delegation to the National DECA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in May.
In March, the DECA State Officer team organized a new event for local officer teams. The State Officer Team coordinated all aspects of hosting a tour of the Under Armour Headquarters in Baltimore, MD. More than 50 DECA Chapter Officers were given a unique opportunity to see the inside workings of Under Armour and to meet with Management and Marketing professionals from one of Maryland’s fastest growing companies.
OUTSTANDING BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS — POSTSECONDARY
ROCKWELL COLLINS / ARINC
Partnership with Anne Arundel Community College
ARINC was founded more than 80 years ago to provide communication services to airlines. Today, Rockwell Collins’ ARINC provides engineering solutions in the aerospace and defense, aviation, airports, government, networks, security and transportation industries worldwide. From the first air-to-ground communications and global data link systems to critical national resource security, ARINC delivers world class information-based services across critical infrastructure sectors.
The National STEM Consortium, led by Anne Arundel Community College, is an alliance of community colleges developing one-year, certificate programs in STEM-related technologies (cyber technology, mechatronics, environmental technology, composites and electric vehicle technology). To develop the Cyber Technology program and a STEM Bridge course, the college looked to its partners at ARINC. As evidence of the level of quality of their work together, the Cyber certificate program and the STEM Readiness course are used throughout the STEM consortium. As of January 2014, there were over 3,700 individuals enrolled in the STEM Readiness course across the nation.
ARINC provided technical assistance in the creation of several modules in the STEM Readiness course using the ARINC Air Operations Center and real life scenarios to make the training more relevant. The STEM Bridge supports learners in the STEM certificate programs by providing an embedded, contextualized STEM Readiness online course that quickly refreshes key skills through a modularized set of curriculum.
The partnership between the National STEM Consortium and ARINC has resulted in the development of innovative, realistic, contextualized workplace scenarios designed to allow students to practice essential workplace skills during their training. ARINC's contributions to the Cyber curriculum and the STEM Readiness course ensure that the programs are responsive to the needs of business and reflect workplace realities.
OUTSTANDING CTE PROGRAM - POSTSECONDARY
STEMM TECHNICAL MIDDLE COLLEGE PROGRAM
Hagerstown Community College
Hagerstown Community College (HCC), working in partnership with Washington County Public Schools (WCPS), opened the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medical (STEMM) Technical Middle College, or STMC, in Fall 2013. The STMC is designed to give high school students new opportunities to earn postsecondary credits and credentials. Career and Technical Education programs included in the STMC include Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and certificate programs in alternative energy technology, biotechnology, information technology, simulation and digital entertainment, cybersecurity, mechanical engineering, and digital instrumentation and process controls. Starting in Fall 2014, the CTE programs offered through STMC will include healthcare related programs such as, pharmacy technician, nursing, and radiologic technology.
Many STMC graduates will simultaneously obtain a high school diploma and an AAS degree or certificate, and all STMC high school students will complete college credits. The STMC program includes both high school services and college courses. While in high school, students receive specialized advising, a STEMM success course, and a Summer Bridge program. Students then progress into college courses as dual-enrolled students. It is expected that in the Fall 2014, 100 students will be dual-enrolled and special services-enrolled students. This past year, 68 students took advantage of the STMC program resources including access to highly-qualified faculty; state-of-the-art equipment in the HCC STEM building; and supplemental instruction and computer lab access seven days a week through HCC’s Learning Support Center.
The STMC supports Maryland’s College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act and is designed to help meet state education goals. HCC embraces the goal that 55% of Maryland adults who are age 25-64 will hold at least an associate’s degree by 2025. Currently, only 28% of adults in Washington County have a postsecondary degree and 45% of current SMTC students are a first-generation college student. STMC is an outstanding example of preparing students for College and Career Success.
OUTSTANDING CHANGE AGENT - POSTSECONDARY
Student Success Initiative
Anne Arundel Community College
In 2011, Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) School of Health Professions, Wellness, and Physical Education (SHPWPE) implemented a Student Success Initiative to increase graduation rates and improve student retention; both of which had proved challenging in the past. A multi-pronged approach was implemented that included individual and group tutoring, study and test-taking strategy classes, and peer mentoring and advising.
SHPWPE offers over 20 selective-admissions health professions degrees and certificate programs for certified and licensed health care providers. Each of the programs has specific admission requirements which include rigorous prerequisite coursework in biology, mathematics and chemistry. Students accepted into health professions programs must balance demanding course-work and clinical experiences. Many students struggle to meet these standards and program requirements. The SHPWPE student success coach or mentor provides one-on-one support, advising, assistance and connects students to college-wide resources. Students receive individualized support with a team-approach.
As a result of the Student Success Initiative, a variety of interventions have contributed to significant increases in student retention and success. This includes an initial intake form and collaborative success plans between the mentor and student, one-on-one advising and mentoring, and a collaborative teacher-mentor-tutor approach. To date, 465 students have utilized the services of the Student Success Mentor. Since 2011, the impact of the Student Success Mentor includes increased retention (from 80% to 100%) for Medical Assisting students, a 62% - 77% increase in retention for the Medical Laboratory Technician degree students, a 76%-85% increase in retention for nursing, and an 85%-89% increase in retention for Physician Assistant students.
DISTINGUISH SERVICE AWARD - POSTSECONDARY
DR. THOMAS LOVELAND
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Dr. Thomas Loveland, Coordinator of Graduate Studies for University of Maryland Eastern Shore's (UMES) Department of Technology, has had a significant impact on Maryland CTE through his work to support CTE teacher certification. This includes courses and programs for Professional Technical Education certification requirements for a professional teaching license, meeting requirements for state work-based learning endorsement, and meeting Advanced Professional Certification (APC) requirements through the M.Ed. Program in CTED. The result of this effort is the increase in the number of graduate students in the program (from 56 students in 2011 to 129 in 2014).
In redesigning CTE courses and degree programs, Dr. Loveland has worked to engage all stakeholders and to balance the needs of the CTE division at MSDE, the UMES Departments of Education and Technology, and accreditation guidelines at MSDE and CAEP. Dr. Loveland stays on top of these sometimes competing ideas and directions in order to develop courses that not only meet the content requirements but also provide applied practical information to Maryland's CTE teachers to help them grow as professionals.
Dr. Loveland demonstrates a high level of leadership, vision, and support for achievement in CTE through his engagement with Local School Systems and teachers throughout the state. He often volunteers to provide information and workshops for CTE and technology education teachers and has severd as a judge for the Battle by the Bay VEX Robotics tournament that featured nearly 100 teams from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania , and New Jersey. Since Summer 2012, he has also served as the college representative for the Technology and Engineering Educators Association of Maryland (TEEAM), participating in all TEEM initiatives.